Smoking, alcohol and drug dependence

Smoking, alcohol and drug dependence

Find out about health conditions in the smoking, alcohol and drug dependence subcategory. You'll find reliable, independent information for consumers and health professionals about health conditions and related medicines, medical tests and treatments.

The smoking, alcohol and drug dependence subcategory is also known as drug abuse, drug addiction, drug misuse and substance abuse.

You can search for other health conditions on the conditions page.

Latest information - smoking, alcohol and drug dependence

Audience:
       

For health professionals (Health professional publication)
11 Jun 2014 e-Cigarettes have been marketed as the next generation in aids for smoking cessation, with claims they can help smokers to quit or reduce their cigarette use, helping to minimise exposure to toxins and carcinogens. Is ‘vaping’ safer than smoking tobacco, and what is the evidence for their effectiveness as a smoking cessation tool?
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
11 Apr 2014 Why is a medicine with serious adverse effects & abuse potential being prescribed increasingly in primary care settings when prevalence of indications have not increased? What are the risks?
For health professionals (Tool / resource)
27 Nov 2012 A patient information leaflet that can be used by doctors to enable patients to keep a record of their sleep patterns and identify influencing factors.
For health professionals (Tool / resource)
27 Nov 2012 A patient information leaflet that can be used by doctors to reinforce verbal instructions given on how to reduce doses of sleeping tablets and sedatives.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Aug 2007 Prescribers are reminded that benzhexol hydrochloride, an anticholinergic used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and drug-induced extrapyramidal disorders, is a potential drug of abuse and that overdoses can be fatal.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Aug 2006 Pack sizes containing pseudoephedrine 800 mg in liquid form or 720 mg in solid form are now prescription-only, a change designed to mitigate diversion of pseudoephedrine to the synthesis of methamphetamine.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Oct 2002 Covers benzodiazepine prescribing and the treatment of insomia. Compares non-drug treatments and herbal alternatives
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Sep 2000 Information on identifying patients with depression and the factors that influence drug selection (e.g. age, comorbidities, previous therapy, adverse effect profile) if antidepressants are required.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Jul 1999 Information on reviewing the need to continue, reduce or cease an individuals long term use of benzodiazepines. A plan for managing insomnia is also provided.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Jun 1999 Guidelines for withdrawing patients from benzodiazepines, including prescribing pointers, complementary therapies, and benzodiazepine dose equivalents.

Subcategories and conditions of smoking, alcohol and drug dependence